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Senior Trio Named to 2015 VaSID All-State Football Team

January 14, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty's Jonathan Burgess (63), Maximilian Sommer (72) and Chima Uzowihe (52) were each named to the 2015 VaSID University Division All-State Football first team.

Liberty's Jonathan Burgess (63), Maximilian Sommer (72) and Chima Uzowihe (52) were each named to the 2015 VaSID University Division All-State Football first team.

Liberty's Jonathan Burgess, Maximilian Sommer and Chima Uzowihe have been named to the 2015 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State Football team.

The VaSID selections are the second honors for the trio in recent weeks, as the three were also named to the 2015 Roanoke Times All-State College football teams. All three Liberty players were selected to the VaSID first-team all-state squad.

Like the Roanoke Times team, the 2015 VaSID University Division All-State Football team was comprised of players from all the FCS and FBS teams in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

A total of 52 student-athletes were honored on the 2015 VaSID University Division All-State Football team, led by 11 selections for Richmond following the Spiders' semifinal run in the NCAA FCS Playoffs. William & Mary and Virginia both had nine all-state honorees, while James Madison and Virginia Tech placed six players on the all-state squads.

Burgess finished his career at Liberty as a three-time Big South all-conference selection (second team, 2013; first team, 2014 and 2015).

The native of Stafford, Va., was named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America first team and the former walk-on finished his career with 34 career starts.

Burgess paced the Flames in knockdowns in 2015 and helped Liberty lead the Big South in passing yards (259.9 yards per game).

Sommer joined Burgess as two of the five All-Big South first team all-conference selections. The two-year starter finished his career with 34 games played and 24 starts, including 10 of 11 during the 2015 season.

The native of Hamburg, Germany, finished the 2015 season ranked second on the team in knockdowns and he allowed only two sacks.

Uzowihe spent the entire 2015 season on the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year watch list, finishing 22nd in the final voting for the nation's top defensive player award.

The senior finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles (34 solo, 18 assisted), including 17.0 tackles for a loss (86 yards) and 8.0 sacks (62 yards). The 2015 Big South Defensive Player of the Year also added a team-best six quarterback hurries, along with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.

The senior led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in tackles for a loss (1.5 per game). He also led the conference and ranked No. 18 in the nation in sacks per game (0.73).

The native of Houston, Texas, finished his career with a program and Big South-best 25.0 sacks. His 44.0 career tackles for a loss ranks second in program history and third in the Big South record book. During his four-year career, he recorded 150 tackles (84 solo, 66 assisted), 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

2015 VaSID University Division All-State Teams

First Team Offense:
QB Vad Lee, James Madison
RB Jacobi Green, Richmond
RB Kendell Anderson, William & Mary
WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
WR Brian Brown, Richmond
TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
OL Nick Ritcher, Richmond
OL Jonathan Burgess, Liberty
OL Mitchell Kirsch, James Madison
OL Andrew Jones, William & Mary
OL Maximilian Sommer, Liberty

First Team Defense:
DL Chima Uzowihe, Liberty

DL Miles Grooms, Hampton
DL Mike Moore, Virginia
DL Tyler Claytor, William & Mary
LB  Deon King, Norfolk State
LB  Andrew Ankrah, James Madison
LB  Micah Kiser, Virginia
CB Taylor Reynolds, James Madison
CB Ayo Ogunniyi, Richmond
S DeAndre Houston-Carson, William & Mary
S Quin Blanding, Virginia

First Team Special Teams:
K Nick Dorka, William & Mary
P Nicholas Conte, Virginia
RET DeVonte Dedmon, William & Mary

Second Team Offense:
QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
RB Ray Lawry, Old Dominion
RB Taquan Mizzell, Virginia
RB Travon McMillian, Virginia Tech
WR Reggie Diggs, Richmond
WR Twarn Mixson, Hampton
TE Deane Cheatham, James Madison
OL Torrian White, Hampton
OL Ross Burbank, Virginia
OL Chris Durant, William & Mary
OL Thomas Evans, Richmond
OL Jackson Matteo, Virginia

Second Team Defense:
DL Andrew Clyde, Richmond
DL Winston Craig, Richmond
DL David Dean, Virginia
DL Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech
LB  TJ Ricks, Old Dominion
LB  Omar Howard, Richmond
LB  Luke Rhodes, William & Mary
CB D'Metrius Williams, Norfolk State
CB Adonis Alexander, Virginia Tech
S David Jones, Richmond
S Raven Greene, James Madison
S Chuck Clark, Virginia Tech

Second Team Special Teams:
K Ian Frye, Virginia
P Hunter Windmuller, William & Mary
RET Dane Forlines, VMI

Offensive Player of the Year: Vad Lee, James Madison
Defensive Player of the Year: DeAndre Houston-Carson, William & Mary
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Travon McMillian, Virginia Tech
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Andrew Clyde, Richmond
Coach of the Year: Danny Rocco, Richmond